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Christmas Deep Digging

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Updated 1156 CST to include Bruce MacLeod’s story on Nik Kronwall.

First, and most importantly, I amazingly succeeded.  A 38-year old man should be smart enough to avoid buying gifts like purses for their wives.  Why? Because that gender is so frustratingly picky about stuff like that…it’s just a losing proposition to attempt that kind of purchase.  But I did…and she claims she likes it.  I’ll be monitoring that situation closely.

On to your Wings, as brought to you by our erstwhile DD’s.

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The Boys Must Play

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We can all dream on this Christmas Day…

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Merry Christmas - Anyway You Say It

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“Teach the children that it was the angels that announced the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”

How “Merry Christmas” is said .....

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WJC

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TSN is doing some streaming of the World Junior Championship. Canucks and Beyond has all of the information...

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12/24 Current Events

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What happens when a hockey-dumb Detroit columnist spews a few sentences about a topic he should be avoiding at all costs? In some cases, ridicule from yours truly...well, in all cases...a story shelf life of about an hour, followed by crickets. Not this time. A few days ago we pointed you to Drew Sharp's manifesto on the ills of the NHL. This line in particular prompted some quality conversation. Sharp/Free Press

The NHL has made several missteps over the last two years. But the biggest mistake is that Bettman didn't do whatever it took to renew the NHL's relationship with ESPN after the lockout -- even if it meant paying the network for a limited schedule.

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Around the Christmas Blogosphere

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A Christmas Eve spin around the hockey sphere.  You should know that as I bring you this hearth-warming holiday edition, I do so to the sounds of the Beatles “Love” album.  If you’re a Beatles fan, and you haven’t heard this thing…get it.  Download it, pirate it, buy it, borrow or steal it. 

We begin with Jes Golbez, a true poet.

Joe Thornton was nestled all snug in his bed
While visions of Sudafed danced in his head.
And Rolston in his ‘kerchief, and Walz in his cap
Had just settled down and started playing the trap,

When out on the ice arose such a clatter…
Could it be that Jeff O’Neill possibly got fatter?
Away to ice, JFJ went like a flash,
and said “I can’t believe I paid 2 milion for this trash”

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Evolution Of Equipment

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from Randy Zarnke, special to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,

Change in equipment is part of this evolutionary process, as well. For the sport of hockey, improvements in gear worn by goaltenders may be the most noticeable change over the past few decades. These improvements in the equipment follow changes in playing style and allow changes in playing style.

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Take The Risk

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from the News & Observer,

Las Vegas.
An NHL team in Vegas would not only be a financial bonanza but bolster the ever-eroding position of hockey in the pantheon of American sports. The NBA landed the first blow when it figured out a way to bring its All-Star Game to Vegas this February, but it’s the NHL that is best equipped to capitalize on the untouched market. Here are the top five reasons why:
1. IT MAKES TOO MUCH SENSE. Like Nixon and China, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has the chance to open the great unlocked potential of Las Vegas—and profit handsomely in the process.

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The Puck

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from Neil Tarpey of the Times-Standard,

It has not been slapped, kicked, knocked down or back-handed in over 30 years.
In fact, for most of those years the black hockey puck, hard evidence of my youth, has been entrusted to the safety of a small shelf at home alongside three baseball and softball trophies.
For a sports relic that is comparatively small, one inch thick by two and three-quarter inches in diameter, it brings back big geographic, historic and personal memories.

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Form Fitting Has Flaws

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from Canada.com,

Imagine being a National Hockey League forward. Imagine that a significant chunk of your workload involves hustling into corners and standing in front of nets.
Now imagine that everyone in the rink can see where your padding is—or, more to the point, where your padding isn’t.
That’s what scares San Jose Sharks sniper Jonathan Cheechoo about the league’s push for form-fitting jerseys—the telling exposure.
“It’s a bird’s-eye view of where your equipment stops,” says last year’s Maurice Richard Trophy winner for the league’s top scorer.

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